Incredible moment dog ‘kisses’ world’s biggest shark after it approaches boat

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This is the amazing moment a plucky Labrador reached over a boat to peck the world’s biggest shark.

Jade Pursell, 28, was diving with a friend off Ningaloo Reef in Australia on September 23 when she came across the inquisitive whale shark.

Known to grow up to an astonishing 18.8m, the filter-feeding fish are the largest shark species in the world but that clearly did not phase Jade’s furry friend sailor.

Adorable footage shows the dog leaning overboard to get a closer look at the 22-foot-long beast.

The whale shark was more than happy to greet him and poked its head out of the water, allowing Sailor to touch its nose as if kissing it.

Dive instructor Jade said: "Sailor had never met a whale shark before. I always hoped she would but that was by far better than I had ever imagined.

"I was telling her not to touch it but neither of them listened to me. Sailor sniffed and kissed the shark.

"My initial worry was that she might take a leap of faith onto the shark or that she would touch it. Once the shark was so close to her I knew I had nothing to worry about.

"It was such an innocent interaction, I felt so lucky to see it. To think Sailor is probably the only dog in the world to have kissed a whale shark is pretty special."

She initially thought the bubbles being made by friend Jorja has she dived into the water had attracted the shark.

But she then saw it raising its head out of the water into the boat and was wondering whether the presence of the dog brought it to them.

Jade's video has been viewed more than 35,000 times since being uploaded online with commenters describing the pair's interaction as “adorable” and “beautiful”.

One commenter wrote: “This is so adorable it nearly made me cry.”

“That's one of the best videos I've ever seen,” another wrote.

And a third said: "Wow what an amazing video. They are massive, I'm surprised Sailor wasn't scared."

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